Media @ McGill

Straw, Will


Professor, Department of Art History and Communications Studies

Interest and Bio: 

Will Straw is Professor of Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. From 2011 to 2016, he was  Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada since June 1, 2011. Dr. Straw was awarded the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching from McGill University in 2006.

Dr. Straw has been Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts (Belgrade), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City), the University of Aarhus (Denmark), the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) and the Central European University (Budapest).

Will Straw's interests include urban culture and the history of print culture, popular music studies and cinema.


Will Straw currently has a number of publication and research projects ongoing or recently completed. One, on “The Urban Night as Interdisciplinary Object,” deals with the ways in which the culture of night is mediatized, represented, regulated and occupied. This will be the focus of special issues of the journals Intermédialités and Scapegoat. For more on this project, visit A second project, “The Film Extra and its Historical Meanings,” deals with the status of the extra or small-part player within cinema. Dr. Straw is currently co-editing, with Janine Marchessault, the Oxford Handbook of Canadian Cinema. With Nathalie Casemajor, he is co-editing an issue of the journal Imaginations: The Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, on the visuality of urban scenes. With Christie Pearson, he is co-editing an issue of the journal Scapegoat on cultures of the night. He has recently begun on a new project on the print culture of science-fiction and other fandoms.


For a full list of all publications, including access to downloads, visit

Faculty page: 

Visit Professor Straw's faculty page here.

Personal website: 

Professor Straw's personal website.


Canadian culture and globalization; crime, visuality and print media; film studies; urban culture